Terror not sole issue, bishop tells nominees

ELCA's Hanson urges attention to environment, health care and poverty
Although terrorism looms large for White House candidates, the presiding bishop of the nation’s largestLutheran denomination has urged President George W. Bush and Democratic challenger Senator John F. Kerry also to address other concerns such as HIV/AIDS, the environment, affordable housing and health care, and the growing gap between the wealthy and the impoverished.

Only days before the first of three presidential debates, Bishop Mark S. Hanson of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America wrote letters to both men, pleading that they not “reduce all of the cries of suffering humanity to this single issue.” The nationally televised debates were set for September 30, October 8 and October 13.


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